Muskegon River
Fishing Report September 2014

Michigan Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Guided Fishing Trips on the Muskegon River for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout.



 Muskegon River / Near Newaygo Michigan

 Below Croton Dam


This report is from Jon's Guide service a Michigan based fly fishing guide service located in South Boardman Michigan and having remote locations in Baldwin Michigan and Newaygo Michigan, providing guided fly fishing and instruction on Michigan's Muskegon river. Fly Fishing reports for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout & smallmouth bass.

Year round fly fishing on the Muskegon River.

Guided Fly Fishing on the Muskegon River.


Muskegon River Fishing Report 

Muskegon River Fishing  

 (Croton Dam-Newaygo Michigan)   Tail Water    


Guided fishing on the Muskegon River

The Muskegon River (Croton Dam-Newaygo Michigan) Tail Water

Fishing Report & Water Conditions Muskegon River:

Late summer fishing on the Muskegon river is in full swing! Smallies are looking up in low light, and chasing streamers during the day. Caddis fishing is great in the upper river for mostly smaller trout. Warmer nights have seen some great flights, with lots of fish feeding. Recent rains has everything on a slower bite than normal, but warm temps and good weather should have things rolling strong by the end of the week. the Muskegon won't see a fair number of salmon till late September, and remember the fishing for Fall steelhead in Nov and Dec is the best around!


Best time of year for trout

June marks the annual  Iso "Isonychia" (Slate Drakes on the Manistee river), the Hex "Hexaginia limbata" hatch (Pere Marquette River, Manistee River, and AuSable River), The Grey Drake  "Siphlonurus" Hatch, and great fishing with "Giant stone flies" (Pteronarcys California) on our Michigan waters. If you are interested in booking a prime date in advance for great dry fly trophy trout fishing in Michigan (open days limited) call or e-mail for more information.


*The Muskegon river offers fall steelhead opportunities not found on most rivers, the Muskegon offers vast numbers of fall steelhead compared to other rivers in the midwest. The Muskegon river is a tail water fishery, which means it does not freeze, and offers great opportunities for winter anglers! I might go as far as saying it offers the best fall / winter steelhead fishing in the United States. Swinging streamers, drifting egg patterns, and fishing light tackle is the trick to fishing this world series of steelhead fishing. Our best days of the fall for steelhead almost always are on this awesome fall steelhead fishery in later November and  December! 

Trout Fishing

Caddis flights and Gray Drake spinner falls on the Muskegon are some of the best in the Midwest! Fishing the caddis hatch starts with fishing emergers in the afternoon, and fishing spent patterns into darkness. Look for bigger trout to move below and into shallow riffles to take advantage of this great food source! Tan caddis and little green caddis are a staple of trout diets around Pine street access and other riffle in the upper river. The Gray Drake spinners swarms are something to see!


Hatch chart for Muskegon River     

Jon's Guide Service offers Spring steelhead fishing, summer trout fishing, late summer smallmouth fishing, salmon fishing, and fall steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. Guided Fishing year-round fishing out of Newaygo Michigan located on the banks of the Muskegon River.




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The Muskegon River is a tributary to Lake Michigan.  It is well known for its tremendous runs of steelhead (one of the stongest in the Midwest) and salmon.  It is also recently famous for its population of resident brown trout and rainbow trout along with its prolific hatches of insects (mayflies, stones, and caddis) due to the re-licensing of Croton Dam, and the fact that it is a tail water fishery. 



The Muskegon flows out of Houghton Lake in Northern Michigan, located over 200 river miles away from the city of Muskegon, and Lake Michigan. The river harbors tremendous numbers of resident brown and rainbow trout coupled with prolific runs of steelhead and salmon.  The Muskegon is known as a  “bug factory” ever getting better with “run of the river ”, the new release schedule agreed upon by Consumers Power Company (CMS Energy) which is the operator of Croton Dam, and runs stream flows close to that of a natural dam free river.  The new program came about in July of 1994 and is responsible for managing more consistent flows which have stabilized the fishery.




Croton Dam (Newaygo area) to Newaygo is the most popular area on the river for fishing, but productive stretches of river for trout, salmon, steelhead and smallmouth bass run all the way to Lake Michigan. The river bottom consists of rock, gravel bars,sand, and aquatic grasses, and the biomass is high.  The best way to fish this big river is by boat.  This will enable you to get to the pools and runs inaccessible to wade fishing, and help to get away from fishing pressure.  Good access sites include Croton dam, Pine St.,  Thornapple Ave. and Henning County Park boat launches, with wadable water locted by each and all of these access sites.




With tremendous runs of steelhead and salmon along with its great population of trout and good hatches of insects, this fishery has become one of the best in the Midwest and a favorite to "Michigan Fly Fishing anglers". Only its neighbors, the Pere Marquette, AuSable and the Manistee, have equal diversity.




Hatches on the Muskegon include a variety of mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis. Some of the Muskegon’s mayflies include Gray Drakes, Blue-winged Olives, Isonycias, and sulphurs, many caddis species and sizes.  Little blacks are the predominant species of stoneflies and hatch strong in the late spring.



Although the access and wade fishing is good on this river, the use of a guide will always provide a safe, exciting educational experience, and put you on the best fishing the river has to offer at that time of year.

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